Could you please tell me which one of these two sentences is correct

She lost weight. She has lost weight.

And if they are both correct, then what's the difference between them?

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  • They are both correct but they mean different things. "She has lost weight" means that the situation now is that she weighs less than she used to. "She lost weight" could be followed by "but then gained it again". – Martin Smith Sep 9 '17 at 19:50

They are both correct.

"She has lost weight" is an example of the Present Perfect Simple tense. The tense puts emphasis on the result, and/or describes action that is still going on or action that stopped recently. It can also highlight finished action that has an influence on the present or action that has taken place once, never or several times before the moment of speaking.

Conversely, "she lost weight" is an example of the Simple past tense. This tense describes action in the past taking place once, never or several times. It can also show actions taking place one after another or action taking place in the middle of another action.

Colloquially, one may use either tense when speaking informally, as the context regarding the subject of your conversation would probably be known or readily apparent. However, one should take care when writing formally, as one of the biggest problems writers have is keeping their verb tenses constant.

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